John Hathaway just wanted a quiet weekend alone with his fiancée. Instead, he receives a cryptic postcard from a man he's never met, gets wrapped up in an elaborate art heist and finds himself framed for murder. And what's worse, his future in-laws are in town!
The palette is certainly thickening here, and there might be only one person who can rally the muses in time to string it all together: the Master himself, Enescu Fleet, retired private eye.
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About the Author
Sherban Young wrote and designed the mini-mystery game Deadly Allusions (also published as Dead Men Do Tell Tales). He is the author of two detective series: one starring Enescu Fleet, well-aged man of the world; the second featuring Warren Kingsley, bodyguard not-so extraordinaire. An artist in his youth, the only thing Sherban draws now is to the occasional inside straight.
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Fleeting Glance based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Fleeting Glance: An Enescu Fleet Mystery is private detective fiction written by Sherban Young. John Hathaway is resignedly facing meeting his prospective in-laws. His friend, Hutton, has arranged for Leslie and her parents to stay at a friend's posh house on the water, but he never did mention that the house actually belongs to Johnny Fishes, a mobster. To make matters even more perplexing, an oddly worded postcard arrives for Hathaway from a total stranger. When he reaches Hutton’s friend’s house, he finds that the meeting with Leslie's parents goes even worse than he thought it could. Hutton had left Hathaway’s home at the same time as him with the party’s hors d'oeuvres, but he doesn't arrive until some time later, making a grand entrance as the walking wounded and limping in with the assistance of Hathaway's friend and mentor, Enescu Fleet. Someone had attacked Hutton, and Enescu Fleet thinks that attack and Hathaway’s receipt of the cryptic card are very important indeed. Sherban Young's private investigator novel, Fleeting Glance: An Enescu Fleet Mystery, is engrossing and very entertaining. Hathaway and Hutton are an inspired and funny team who see conspiracies and clues in the smallest details, but when they're joined by the elegant and uncanny Enescu Fleet, the result becomes truly spectacular. Fleet is urbane and suave, and he seems to know everything and everybody. Fleeting Glance was especially enjoyable for me because the mystery is art and artists. The Ariadne Lock Museum is the perfect place for this murder mystery and comes complete with an artist colony that is eccentric and otherworldly. Young's style is breezy, and his characters are zany and a joy to watch. The plot is also marvelous and left me hanging until the very last page. Fleeting Glance is a satisfying and monumentally enjoyable mystery story, and it's most highly recommended.
John Hathaway has a lot going on: an upcoming wedding, meeting his future in-laws for the first time, and the arrival of a strange postcard that threatens to unravel his plans for the entire weekend. To solve the mystery, save their own lives and impress the very British Darlingtons, Hath and his best friend Hutton must rely on renowned Romanian, (semi)retired detective Enescu Fleet. Sherban Young’s Fleeting Glance seems at first to be more farce than intrigue, its two protagonists more akin to Laurel and Hardy than to Alex Cross. However, the pair is a fantastic foil for Fleet’s understated brilliance, and as the story builds to its surprising climax the reader must stop and wonder if their bumbling is more by accident or design. Unlike a traditional, formulaic mystery, Fleeting Glance consistently delivered moments of surprise. Plot twists and new information kept the story from growing predictable, while the conclusion neatly knotted every loose thread. Some plot points bordered on the ridiculous; fortunately, most ultimately served a greater purpose to the narrative. Fleeting Glance is a fun-filled book that will keep you hooked and guessing until the end.